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The Walking Dead Season 7 Finale: Recap & Discussion

The First Day of The Rest of Your Life

Following her failed assassination attempt on Negan, we flash forward to Sasha listening to music in a claustrophobic space…she doesn’t look so good. She hallucinates an alternate reality where she’s back in Alexandria with Abraham. She snaps out of it as Negan visits to remind her of her mission to “solve some shit.” Back at Alexandria Rick interrogates Dwight on his intentions. It quickly goes south and Daryl holds a knife to his face. He explains he was just following orders and reasons that without Denise Daryl would be dead. Dwight warns them about Negan’s impending attack and promises to help slow them down.

At The Sanctuary Negan reveals to Sasha his plan to Lucille three of Rick’s people to establish a new(er) world order. “Punishment is how we built everything we have,” Negan explains. Sasha argues no one has to die and Negan agrees to kill fewer of them. Meanwhile, Maggie plots to bring The Hilltop into Rick’s fight against The Saviors.

Walker - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 16 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Carol prepares for battle as Ezekiel convinces Morgan to join the cause. He eventually concesed and they ride off as Jadis and her junkyard crew arrive at Alexandria to make good on their deal. Rosita helps plant explosives for the Saviors as Jadis positions her people around the town and offers to sleep with Rick after the battle is won. Rick and Michonne awkwardly decline as Negan and the Saviors run into Dwight’s road block.

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Eugene and The Saviors finally arrive at Alexandria to offer Rick an ultimatum, “Comply or die.” Rick, who’s clearly upset over Eugene’s about-face, asks where Negan is and Eugene asserts HE is Negan. Fed up, Rick signals Rosita to detonate the explosives, but it fails. Suddenly, Jadis’ people hold Rick’s group at gunpoint. They’ve been betrayed. Negan steps out behind Eugene and calls Rick out for trying to blow them up. Dwight and Simon wheel a casket out and tell Rick Sasha’s in there. Negan demands he turn over all the guns, surrender Daryl back, and decide who gets Lucilled next…or Sasha dies. Rick asks to see her and Negan complies, opening the coffin and…

FLASHBACK: ~Dream/Afterlife~ Abraham tells Sasha Maggie’s baby is the future and she must protect that at all costs. CUT BACK to The Sanctuary

The undead Sasha falls on Negan and Rick’s group turns on The Saviors and Junkyard people. (Like Andrea in the comics) Michonne fights with someone in the tower as the rest of the group handles the chaos. Negan’s rescued by one of his men, who gets his face eaten by Sasha. Rick pleads with Jadice, who shoots Rick in his side and kicks him off the tower.

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Jadice escorts Rick to The Saviors, who have now taken the advantage in Alexandria while Michonne continues her bloody battle with the woman. Rick and Carl are put on their knees as Jadice negotiates a deal with Negan. Carl tells Negan he’s not going to win as Rick sees a woman fall from the balcony Michonne was in. Negan tells Rick he’s going to kill Carl in one swing because he likes him. Rick promises to kill him. Negan prepares to kill Carl when Shiva jumps out of nowhere and mauls a Savior. Negan retreats as Ezekiel and The Kingdom soldiers arrive in full force with Maggie and The Hilltop by their side. Negan and The Saviors depart Alexandria in trucks as the rest breathe a sigh of relief. Rick finds Michonne beaten and bloodied, but not dead.

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Back at The Sanctuary, Negan questions Eugene on Sasha’s death and he surmises she ran out of air in the coffin. He lets it go for now and then informs his people, “We are going to war!” Back at Alexandria, Rick and his allied groups lick their wounds and deal with the leftovers. Maggie finishes off Sasha, Daryl discovers one of Dwight’s figurines that says, “I didn’t know,” and Michonne and Rosita recover in the medical ward. We see Sasha and Abraham together again, staring off into a distant sunset. Maggie, Ezekiel, and Rick presumably give the same march to war orders to THEIR people. All Out War is coming.


What did YOU think of The Walking Dead Season 7 Finale? Did Sasha make the right decision? Will Eugene ever turn back? WILL JADIS EVER SLEEP WITH RICK?! Give us all your reactions and predictions in the comments below!

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  1. angelicwolfwoman April 2, 2017 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    So many emotions tonight, didn’t know whether to scream at my tv, rooting for the tigger, or cry because i thought Michonne was dead! # I need a drink.

  2. seanmathews1 April 2, 2017 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Fucking Jadis… the scavengers are still a shit story line but I loved this finale.

    Line of the night… It’s a goddam tiger.

    Also, love how the sniper near Michonne kind of reminded me of comic Andrea.

    Love defiant Rick… even when he’s near defeat. Can’t wait for him to wipe out the scavengers.

    Love the Abraham tribute… he was a great guy, and I love how this episode came full circle as a tribute to Glenn.

    Can’t wait for All Out War.

    • Nogle April 3, 2017 at 7:54 am - Reply

      Kinda like the Hershel episode after he died

    • sevenofnine April 3, 2017 at 9:02 am - Reply

      WOW! This is probably the best episode since the premier because it was nicely done.
      Hate Jadis even more now, she’s & whole group needs to go anyway ’cause they don’t fit in w/the show.
      Nice twist on the Holly death and liked how the flashback to Abe explained about Abe & Sasha’s sacrifices.
      Love Shiva, love RIcks I’m gonna kill you reprise and loved that Morgan saved Rick. Nice that Maggie was there and that Negan saw she was alive.
      On the downside, I was a little disappointed that we didn’t see more of Carol in action. Also surprised that Rick trusted Jadis so completely, not characteristic of him. And I was hoping for something better from Eugene but I guess he’s really turned to the dark side. If not, pretty good bluff and better reveal his true intent soon.

  3. Krystledawn April 2, 2017 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Love it! Abraham gave me all the feels, he’s one sorely missed self proclaimed idiot. Love king Ezekiel, carol, Morgan and company coming through for the save and Sasha with the diversion of all diversions.
    #isitnormaltocrythismuch

  4. Andie757 April 2, 2017 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    Holy crap, the finale was an emotional rollercoaster. One second we’re crying over Sasha, but glad we didn’t have to watch her killed, then pissed at Jadis, worrying for Michonne then cheering the return of Rick’s balls while cringing over Carl’s impending death, when a freaking TIGER eats a guy’s face and naturally, Carol swoops back in with Sir Lancelot/Ezekiel.
    I need the hiatus just to process…

  5. da_roberts April 2, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    No words for this finale. Rollercoaster of emotions.
    Jadis and Eugene need to die. Love Shiva. Rick and
    Daryll are BACK!!

  6. John_Skanes April 2, 2017 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Bummed that Negan didn’t get to tell everyone at the sanctuary how they are the big swinging dick of this world, like in the comics. It was a great finale but I could’ve done without all the flash backs to Abraham and Sasha. Just as the episode would get interesting they’d throw that shit in there to bore the shit out of me.

  7. Logurt517 April 2, 2017 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Mid-battle Negan is BADASS. Something we needed to see this episode. JDM did a great job.

  8. Drewnasty April 2, 2017 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    I’ve been super critical of this show especially after the whole botched attempt of trying to Lee who negan killed a secret and spread across two seasons. That was bullshit and a misstep. That all being said this finale was probably the most satisfying one to date especially being a avid comic reader. By reading the source material it just enhances your experience ten fold. Bravo for Gimple and co to have learned their lesson. Can’t wait to see AOW come to life on TV

  9. Nogle April 2, 2017 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    Sure, the saviors are bad. But I can’t wait to see every garbage person die

  10. Lisalaw232 April 2, 2017 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    Just when I was ready to cry.. here came shiva! Now I want Jadis dead too! Definitely the best episode of the season! Rock on Sasha! No worries, ricks got this under control

  11. eleneetha@gmailcom April 3, 2017 at 2:39 am - Reply

    fu… Eugene man! What a scheming dude! Is he Negan? Eugene is pure evil, and will do anything it takes to make sure he lives..Did you see how he kept it together when Negan asked him how sasha died like that? He is getting stronger. It is the coat. The tiger was the best. How does she know who is bad? Excellent!

  12. ladyd712 April 3, 2017 at 6:15 am - Reply

    Disappointed in several things First of all that Rick would trust the Scavengers so completely he would give them weapons, let them inside of Alexandria and turn his back on them is absurd. Worse than that is that Michonne did the same, which would never happen because she is too smart for that..Most of the fans knew it was going to be Jadis that betrayed Rick. Then to have the blond scavenger beat Michonne so badly was an insult to her character. Michonne could kick pretty much any man or either sides ass. She is my favorite female character on tv. The writers insulted her character on tonights episode.Things I did love: I did love the Kingdom and Hilltop showing up and turning things around. Especially loved Shiva . Carol and Ezekial! Maggie and Jesus were awesome too.Sasha sacrificing herself for the good of her friends, sad to see her go but was a great scene. Also Carl has been the strongest . He has more on the ball than Rick and a lot of the elders.Happy the way it ended with everyone regrouping.What I would like to see in the opening next season – Jadis die – and the rest of her group wiped out.God her character is so awful and painfully dull to watch. Simon and Dwight are the only two that seem to be Negan’s right hands.Simon has to die, will make it easier for Dwight to get to Negan, and yes we know he does not die but will be held in the prison cell. Hopefully this is what the opening episode will show. And please do not kill Shiva, I know she dies in the comics but having a tiger to fight with them is so friggin cool!

  13. voiceofreason April 3, 2017 at 6:46 am - Reply

    Decent season finale.
    Nothing great, nothing bad.

  14. wallyb April 3, 2017 at 6:51 am - Reply

    I guess I’m the only person who didn’t really care for this finale. Other than the last 20 minutes the show was really slow and rather boring. Way to many cutaways to Sasha and Abraham. Her taking the pill was very very predictable. Maybe I was just to geared up and so excited for it that it just couldn’t live up to my expectations. Doesn’t really matter though I am already counting down the days til next season.

  15. BarbaLucy April 3, 2017 at 7:51 am - Reply

    I thought they did an excellent job, mixing Sasha’s end story with the days events. In retrospect I guess I did consider Jadis and her crew might turn on Rick, but I though that might happen after the Saviors turned tail. So if they go with the highest bid, and only take whose to say that they won’t just become a threat to both camps? The Saviors want folks to work for them and give them stuff. I don’t see them keeping any bargains that commit them to supply another group. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. And yes please keep Shiva around! That moment when she leaped at the Saviors was the best!

  16. louis.giovannini April 3, 2017 at 8:06 am - Reply

    I have been a huge dedicated WD fan since season 1. I have to start by saying that I am personally very disappointed in this entire season of TWD. This hurts me to say this but I hope my words are seen by the right person and some changes are made for next season. In my opinion this season overall was very very slow, boring and lost the element of horror and thrill. My opinion is that this season lost a lot of the shows unique way to pull the watcher into the show. This season in my opinion was more like watching a drama with my grandmother (yea) it was that bad. I hope the WD team of writers make some real improvements because if this show keeps up like this past season was, It will break my hear but I will have no choice but to invest my time in another show that is exciting and fast moving violent and bad ass, kinda how the walking dead used to be.

  17. philthehip April 3, 2017 at 8:12 am - Reply

    I thought this finale was utter nonsense and reading 90% of the comments here I am very worried for the series as a whole. AMC will read this sort of praise as perfect excuse to keep churning out rubbish with no future investment past the bare essentials. There was no vision or order to this episode, the direction was poor, the writing absolutely dreadful, the edit just pure trash, characters were let down by awful plot developments, side stories caused there to be too much left to finish in this episode, too many sideline deaths of people standing waiting to be killed, too many convenient moments, too much Nicetero, too much Gimble, too much AMC and not enough character driven The Walking Dead. Shameful display of contempt for a fan base that has settled for anything rather than nothing.

  18. smokefan14 April 3, 2017 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Season finale: AWESOME! I was going back and forth with emotions! Great to see a little back story from Abraham and Sasha. The garbage people need to go…

  19. mattbeef April 3, 2017 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    I’m a huge fan of the show and comics. I’m not a TWD hater. I’m buying the next comic wed morning and watching this show as long as it is on tv. I’m really trying to be as realistic, honest, and objective as I can be when I give my opinion here. The finale was probably the best episode of the season, but honestly…this season wasn’t as good as previous ones. I really feel that they dragged their feet through what might be one of the most exciting parts of the story. Half a season of preparation for war was too long. Carol and Morgan’s moral dilemmas dragged on for way too long. The oceanside and Jardis junkyard crews were a complete distraction seemed stapled on to the storyline for no reason. I cringe everytime they open their mouths to speak…I mean…me cringe when talk. Everytime I see or hear them it completely pulls me emotinally out of the story and makes me 100% aware of the fact I’m watching actors on a tv production. The illusion of even a fictional reality narrative is destroyed. Not to mention Jardis is kind of laying out a watered down brown carpet for Alpha when the time comes. Also, I feel like the show lost touch how how to portray the characters we care about this season. I think the best seasons where the ones where the viewer was involved in the intimate details of the characters day to day lives. The show was a character drama where every episode made you feel like you knew the characters better, understood them more…you were invested in their lives. They did a good job of getting back to this with Abraham and Sasha this episode, but it was one of the few times this season I was invested in anyones interations and relationships. Daryl and Rick just grunt half the time. The only character who has less lines than Carl is Judith and she is apparently a mute 2 year old. I just feel like they got off track this year. Instead of letting the character’s drive the story, I think they were too wrapped up in the story and lost track of a lot of the characters.

    • sevenofnine April 3, 2017 at 12:57 pm - Reply

      I agree with most of that, but I think the season premier was the best of season 7. It was the most emotionally draining, just heartbreaking and was the last one where I felt connected to the story. The finale is 2nd for me. When you said the show lost touch with how to portray the characters we care about I think you hit the nail on the head! (it’s because they literally lost the heart of the show when they killed Glen and somehow the depth and passion of the characters went with him) That plus the cheesy cgi and limited walker attacks has changed the show… not for the better. But I’m still with them, hoping they can find their way back.

  20. ortho April 3, 2017 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    I thought this was a great finale!! My biggest surprise and disappoint was Michonne getting the crap beat out of her before finally dispatching the Scavenger!! Since when did Michonne lose the ability to beat the living daylights out of anything or anybody(especially that chick!!)??? I like Michonne so this bothered me. But can’t wait until….October.

  21. ricardo colombo April 3, 2017 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    I was wondering what Negan offered Jadis to betray Rick? 10 of what? Rick offered her 1/3 of Sanctuary. Considering Negan’s the richest kid on the block, it should have been hard to top.

  22. walkerplay4 April 4, 2017 at 9:07 am - Reply

    I agree this season started off great. That is all it did. Most of Season 7 was sad. If this was season 1 I beg you to ask how long the show would last. Absolutely saw the pathetic “Scavengers” being untrustworthy. They had no reason ever to be trusted. This season plagued us with opening details that are only revealed at the end. Normally this would be fine. I didn’t once find it interesting or useful. It seems like the creators adopted the aditude that since they killed Glen they could abandon the rest of the season. I find Eugene to be an annoyingly complex character. When will he be defined? If Daryl killed Dwight I wouldn’t bat an eye. Daryl was tortured: shit sandwiches, endless song, clanking door, solitary, and snuff photos. He could have peeled the skin off Dwight’s face and tongue kissed it and I’d have been fine. By far the coolest moment was the arrival of the Kingdom. Negan obviously fears them. They doing their transactions outside the walls is a big tell. Negan shit upon their arrival.

  23. Jalle April 4, 2017 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Wow this episode was stupid. Completely ruined any form of pacing by cutting away to Sascha and abe. Her death was also totally obvious and why are we supposed to care? The dumbass got herself in this situation by running of and doing stupid shit. It’s her own fault so why waste our time with these flashbacks.

    How did the kingdom enter Alexandria? I assume it only has one gate so did Negan just leave the place unguarded or did their horses climb the fence? And I always love a good deus ex machina, great writing!!!

    Shit season, shit finale. I’m just glad the comic is still awesome.


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